"Maybe you can't judge a book but its cover. But you can tell a lot about a person by their books." Dr Mark Schwarzbauer

      As a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist I strongly believe what we put in comes back out again.  And since the NSA probably already has the list I thought I would share with you what I've been reading.  I am working my way through the top 100 Classic Novels as they have shaped generations.  Additionally, I of course read in study and prep for my life of ministry.  Naturally, some is just for fun.  Having grown up with my parents using the TV as a babysitter I've rather come to appreciate books far above TV or movies.
     Books like Les Miserables are so very much better than any movie that can be produced.  I know I'm not alone in hesitating to see the movies as seldom seem to live up to the books.  Books are made to experience; an art often lost in the immediate gratification seeking, short attention span video game world.  A good book is something to savor.  Even though I can read 2800 words a minute (thanks to Evelyn Wood) I choose to read slowly to become part of the adventure.
     My actually library is divided between my study at work and home.  I collect books from the 1700s and 1800s.  There is something magical about holding a 300 year old book in your hand.  The feel of the old hand tooled leather seems so natural.  The thick paper draws you back in time.  The handset type indenting the pages almost feels like braille.  The smell isn't musty; its history.
     Ah but I must confess.  Though I have an enviable library, I now read most of my classics on a screen!   On my old Blackberry I had over 3000 classics.  On my Android I traveled with Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky.  My Iphone has followed suit as it makes it easy to read anywhere.  I would complain that it lacks the great old feel and smell, but by the time you read this there will probably be an app for that.
     I am keeping track mostly for myself.  However, I invite you to peruse and even toss me a comment at 
     One last thought... my favorite authors... past... a toss up between Canon Farrar, Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky and Chesterton; living... no question... it is Ravi Zacharias.  To meet him in person over lunch would be a dream come true.  Until then, I meet him regularly in his many books I treasure.

Some of what I read in 2010
    "War and Peace" by Tolstoy
    "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austin
    "Uncle Tom's Cabin" by Harriet Beecher Stowe

     Biblical Archeology Review
    "Crime and Punishment" by
Fyodor Dostoevsky
    "Rembrandt - A Collection of Fifteen Pictures and a Portrait" by Estelle May Hurll
    "When the Spirit Speaks " by Warren D. Bullock
    "They speak with other tongues" by John Sherrill
    "What's wrong with the world" by G. K. Chesterton
    "Nine O'clock in the Morning" by Dennis Bennett
    "The man who was Thursday" by G.K. Chesterton

    "Rembrandt's etching technique: An example" by Peter Morse.
    "The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Some of my reading during 2011
    "The Brothers Karamazov" by Fyodor Dostoevsky
    "Dracula" by Bram Stoker
    "The Prince" by Niccolò Machiavelli (The disturbing science of manipulation, maneuvering and politics that I abhor).

    "Moby Dick" Herman Melville

    "Where Love is, There God is Also" Tolstoy
     Biblical Archeology Review

    "Decision Points" by George W. Bush (An amazing read from a man I would love to meet).
    "The Purpose Driven Life" Rick Warren.  ( Reread for the 4th time and recommended again).
    "Love Wins" by Rob Bell (sadly a book I can't recommend as it departs from sound hermeneutics and Scriptural authority).

    "Meditations" by Emperor Marcus Aurelius (He was Roman Emperor from 161-180 and also a stoic philosopher. Reading him gives interesting
                            insight into how someone without Christ tries to make sense of the world."
    "Swiss Family Robinson"  written in 1812 by Johann David Wyss.  Written to teach his sons godly values.
    "All things considered" G.K. Chesterton.
    "Between the Living and the Dead" Canon F.W. Farrar, Published 1878
    "Anna Karenina" by Tolstoy, 1873-1877 (published in segments)

    "The Pilgrims Progress" John Bunyan 1678
    "Treasure Island" Robert Louis Stevenson 1883
    "Grand Weaver" Ravi Zacharias
    "Christian Coaching; Helping Others Turn Potential into Reality" 2nd edition.  Gary Collins

Some of my reading during 2012
    "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley 1818
    "Eugenics and other evils" by G.K. Chesterton 1922
    "Why Jesus?  Rediscovering His truth in an age of mass marketed spirituality" by Ravi Zacharias 2012.  ~ Incredible read from my favorite author.
    "The Kingdom, The Power, and the Glory- A survey of the New Testament, by Jean Baptiste Sawagago & Marcia A. Munger
    "Your Bible" 8th ed.  Adapted by Judy Bartel, from Jeter Walker. (This and the above read to teach for classes at Italian Bible Inst. at ICF Roma).
    "In the Year 2889" by Jules Verne 1889. ~Amazing how so much of it is already here!

    "Walking from East to West" (God in the Shadows)- by Ravi Zacharias 2006
    "100 Quotations to Make You Think" Wolfgang Riebe
    "Why Revival Tarries" Leonard Ravenhill
    "The Ball and The Cross" G.K. Chesterton 1910
    "The Awakening" Leo Tolstoy - Thoroughly loved it and was impressed by the ending.  1899- Tolstoy's final novel.
    "What Men Live By" A short story by Leo Tolstoy 1885
    "Three Questions" A short story by Leo Tolstoy 1885

    "Robinson Crusoe"  Daniel Defoe 1719
    "Sea Wolf" By Jack London  1904
    "The Time Machine" H.G. Wells 1895

Some of my reading during 2013   
    "Les Miserables" by Victor Hugo 2800+ pages, one of the 10 longest novels ever written.  The book is much much better than the movie.
    "The Lotus and the Cross" Ravi Zacharias

    "Wuthering Heights" Emily Bronte 1847

    "P.A.D.I. Adventures in Diving" - Advanced Open Water Diving Manual. 2005

    "P.A.D.I. Rescue Diver Manual" 2005.
    "The End of Reason" Ravi Zacharias

    "The Idiot" by Fyodor Dostoevsky 1869 - Still shocked over the ending I wasn't expecting.
    "The Ultimate Proof of Creation, Resolving the Origins Debate" Dr. Jason Lisle 2009    An excellent book on the principles of logic.

    "Dracula's Guest" Brahm Stoker
    "Sense and Sensibility"  Jane Austin 1811
    "Primary Purpose Small Groups" 2011 Dr Mark Elliot ~ "150 Books wrapped into 1" - Great small group summary.
    "Hinds Feet on High Places" Hannah Hurnard 1955.  First read TO me by Wanda Sinkey who with her husband John brought me to Christ.
               I have since read it many times.  It is one of my favorites and I recommend it heartily.  It is an allegory of faith and spiritual growth.
    "τὸ εὐαγγέλιον κατὰ Ματθαῖον" I challenged everyone to read through the New Testament.  I am doing so in Greek.  I have finished the
              Gospel of Matthew.
    "Enriched Air Diver Manual" by PADI & Study Guide for "Oxygen Exposure Table, EAD Table and Enriched Air RDPs".  These two were for
              my certification in Nitrox diving.
    "Diving Emergency Management Provider" (c)2013 Divers Alert Network 3rd ed.  For certification as Emergency Provider including
              BLS/AED for diving, Neurological Assessment, Emergency O2 admin for scuba injuries, 1st AID for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries.
τὸ εὐαγγέλιον Κατὰ Μᾶρκο" The Gospel according to Mark read in original Greek.
    "What to Do" by Tolstoy.  As he witnessed the poverty in Russia Tolstoy struggled with "what to do." While he come up with some
              meaningful steps he also interpolated and misquoted some of the scriptural references and concepts.
    "Master and Man" by Tolstoy.  Written in 1895 it reminded me of Jack London's "To build a fire" which was written in 1902 and a second version
              in 1908. 

    "Dry Suit Diver Manual" by PADI (c)2010.  Prep for another dive certification.

Some of my reading during 2014

    "What on Earth are We Here For?  The Purpose Driven Life- Revised Edition" Rick Warren.
    "τὸ εὐαγγέλιον Κατὰ Λουκᾶν" The Gospel according to Luke read in original Greek
    "The Gambler." Fyodor Dostoyevsky

    "Gerontological nursing: Competencies for care." Mauk, K.L. (2010)

    "Contemporary nursing: Issues, trends, and management" (5th ed.). Cherry, B., & Jacob, S. (2011)

    "Physical examination & health assessment," (6th ed.). Jarvis, C., (2012)

    "Handbook of informatics for nurses and healthcare professionals" (5th ed.).  Hebda, T. & Czar, P. (2013)                                                          
Foundations of nursing in the community: Community-oriented practice"

          (4th ed.) Stanhope, M. & Lancaster, J. (2014)

    "Nutritional Foundations and Clinical Applications" (5th ed.) Grodner, Roth, and Walkingham

    "Nutritional foundations and clinical applications: A nursing approach"(5th ed.).

          Grodner, M., Roth, S.L., and Walkingshaw, B.C. (2011) 

    "Nutrition: Concepts and controversies" (12th ed). Sizer, F. S., Piché, L. A., and Whitney, E. N. (2012)

    "Munro's statistical methods for health care research" (6th Edition). Plichta, S.B. and Kelvin, E. (2013)

    "Evidence-based nursing: The research-practice connection" Brown, S. J. (2009)

    "Nursing research: Reading, using and creating evidence", Houser, J. (2008)

    "Health sciences literature review made easy: The matrix method" (2nd ed.).  Garrard, J. (2007)
    "Η ΚΑΙΝΗ ΔΙΑΘΗΚΗ - New Testament in Original Greek.
    "White Nights and Other Stories" Fyodor Dostoyevsky Published 1918.

Some of my reading during 2015
    "The New Reformation: Returning the Ministry to the People of God" Greg Ogden 1990

    "Arminian Theology, Myths and Realities" Roger E, Olson 2006
    "A Case for Easter" Lee Strobel, 2003
    "Poor Folk" by Fyodor Dostoevsky

    "Bible Doctrines: A Pentecostal Perspective", Menzies and Horton
    "The Double" by Fyodor Dostoevsky
    "Uncles Dream" by Fyodor Dostoevsky
    "Humiliated and Insulted" by Fyodor Dostoevsky

    "Η ΚΑΙΝΗ ΔΙΑΘΗΚΗ - New Testament in Original Greek (my yearly read through).
    "100 Days through Matthew, Mark and Luke" by Dr. Mark Schwarzbauer 2015 - Yes I read through my own book for final editing.

     Periodicals "Biblical Archeology Review" and "Christianity Today."

Some of my reading during 2016

    "Life in the Ancient World: Crafts, Society and Daily Practice" Avigad, King and Stager C2013 Biblical Archaeology Society
    "τὸ εὐαγγέλιον κατὰ Ματθαῖον, Μᾶρκο, Λουκᾶν" The Synoptic Gospels in Greek.

    "Ancient Israel in Egypt and the Exodus" Shanks, Hoffmeier, Malamat, c2012 Biblical Archaeology Society
    "The Distinguishing Mark of Leadership" Don Meyer
    "The NKJV New Testament" read to Jill over the last year for our daily couples devotions
    "The House of the Dead- or Prison Life in Siberia" Fyodor Dostoevsky
    "Think about it" Vol.13 A collection of essays by Dr. Don Meyer
    "Notes from Underground"
Fyodor Dostoevsky
    "How to Pray for the Release of the Holy Spirit" Fr. Dennis Bennett
    "The Beauty of Spiritual Language" Jack Hayford
    "If, trading your if only regrets for God's what if possibilities" Mark Batterson

Some of my reading during 2017

    “Hinds Feet on High Places” Hannah Hurnard

    “Mountains of Spices” Hannah Hurnard

    “Roberts Rules of Parliamentary Procedure” 11th Ed.

    “The Strange Case of Dr.  Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”, Robert Louis Stevenson

    “Uncle’s Dream”, Dostoyevsky

    “Nikola Tesla -imagination and the man who invented the 20th century”  by Sean Patrick

    "Η ΚΑΙΝΗ ΔΙΑΘΗΚΗ - New Testament in Original Greek” (my yearly read through).

     Read and reread to edit “Raider’s Road – The Salt Flats Rescue”

    Wrote and reread and reread: “Raider’s Road – The Harley and the Heart Attack”
    “The Man Nobody Knows” Bruce Barton c1924
    “The NKJV New Testament” read to Jill over the last year for our daily couples devotions

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